vol·ume (vŏlym, -yəm)
a. A collection of written or printed sheets bound together; a book.
b. One of the books of a work printed and bound in more than one book.
c. A series of issues of a periodical, usually covering one calendar year.
d. A unit of written material assembled together and cataloged in a library.
2. A roll of parchment; a scroll.
3. Abbr. V
a. The amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional object or region of space, expressed in cubic units.
b. The capacity of such a region or of a specified container, expressed in cubic units.
a. Amount; quantity:a low volume of business; a considerable volume of lumber.
b. oftenvolumesA large amount:volumes of praise.
a. The amplitude or loudness of a sound.
b. A control, as on a radio, for adjusting amplitude or loudness.
[Middle English, fromOld French, fromLatinvolūmen, roll of writing, fromvolvere, to roll; see wel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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To calculate the volume of a cube, multiply the length of an edge of the cube by itself twice. The volume of this cube is 125 cubic feet.
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